Follow Footballbible on Facebook and Twitter get up to date football related news from the English Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga and other leagues around the World. News From Chelsea, Everton, Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool.
Unai Emery faces a dilemma or two ahead of the visit of Manchester City on Sunday.
The temptation to field all four of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Mesut Ozil will be strong, though the fact that the Gunners’ opposition are the free-scoring champions of last season may force a rethink.
Ozil could feature as the most advanced of the three central midfielders in Emery’s 4-3-3, essentially playing in the hole behind Lacazette both with and without the ball to exact a high press.
Emery may, however, decide to shore up that central midfield trio, as he did last weekend when bringing on Matteo Guendouzi alongside Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira in the 2-0 win over Lazio.
The Gunners had looked shaky with only Xhaka and Torreira as protection for the back four and Guendouzi, who has played more minutes than any of Arsenal’s midfielders this summer, is an alternative option in the centre of the park.
Aaron Ramsey, meanwhile, will also have designs on a midfield spot. Should Emery decide to proceed with caution, then Mkhitaryan could lose out to Ozil on the right wing.
Alternatively, Lacazette could make way for Aubameyang as the central striker to allow both Ozil and Mkhitaryan to flank the in-form Gabonese forward.
The left-back spot is a problem position now that Sead Kolasinac has been ruled out for two to three months, with Nacho Monreal also fighting his way back to fitness and uncertain to be ready to face Pep Guardiola’s side on Sunday afternoon.
Monreal has yet to feature in pre-season, so Ainsley Maitland-Niles will be on stand-by to deputise.